Google wants its employees to move around in a Honda Fit EV. The whole idea was based on the participation of Google in the Honda Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program (EVDP). The Honda Fit EV had debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2011, and is expected to be available on lease this summer.
Honda delivered a fleet of 2013 Fit EVs to the City ofTorrancelast week in line with the Honda Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program. The delivery of the Fit EV to Google Inc was marked by an employee ride and drive campaign.
Over a hundred of Google employees took the Fit EV for a spin around the Google Mountain View campus in California.
Google will now use the Fit EV as a part of its G-Fleet, an employee car-sharing service that features numerous plug-in vehicles. Google’s participation in the Honda EVDP will involve analysis of vehicle usage including CO2 reduction, energy consumption on a miles/kWh basis and overall energy cost.
The Fit EV ditches the gas-fed 1.5-liter four-cylinder of the normal Fit for a 92 kilowatt coaxial electric motor derived from the power plant used in the automaker’s FCX Clarity fuel cell EV.
Energy comes from a 20 kWh air-cooled lithium-ion battery pack mounted under the floor of the car. Three drive modes, Econ,Normaland Sport, tailor the Fit EV’s powertrain to fit a driver’s intended style.
Leasing of the Fit EV will begin this summer in selected California and Oregon markets and then six east coast markets in early 2013.
Although the list price will be $36,625, Honda says that the car will lease from $399 per month to put it in line with the Nissan Leaf.